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  1. Hard to say: The app hasn't been changed for quite a while, and continues to run fine on the iOS devices I have in here (iPad, older iPhone) to test with. If this is a crash related to a specific report, I'd suspect memory, but if it's crashing just upon login/displaying the main screen, it'd seem to be a phone-related issue (unless other folks with the same config are also hitting this, meaning that it might be related to a system update of some sort) -Pete
  2. Hi Brian, It looks like something is amiss with your database--Cover Price Currency should be displayed for all issues. Try downloading a content update and see if it sets things right for you--if not, please get in touch with tech support directly. As for the database pricing currency, it's under File > Collection Statistics, then click the Database Info icon at the center-right. -Pete
  3. Catching up with some of the latest auction news from Heritage Auction Gallery... Vampirella (Magazine) #1 The magazine-sized debut of the sultry vampiress from Drakulon was largely unremarked upon when it first appeared back in 1969, seemingly being just another adult-themed horror character from Warren, albeit one whose debut featured a cover painting from the great Frank Frazetta. Vampirella proved a long-lasting character, however, and--despite decades of garnering only relatively mild collector interest--caught fire in the 1990s with the reimagining by Harris Comics. Since then, she's become a regular star of several publisher's efforts, and her first appearance back in the magazine continues to shoot to new heights, with recent auction sales pushing the $0.50 magazine to over twice its previous value, at $1500. Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #130 Carl Barks is traditionally known as "The "Good Duck Artist" -- beautifully rendering Donald, Scrooge, and the rest of the Disney duck gang in a luminous style which has long been prized by collectors. Recent auction results continue to confirm his popularity, pushing "Barks Duck" issues #94, 95, and #130 to new heights -- tripling the former guides for the first two comics, and pushing the July, 1951 issue #130 from $140 to $225. Our Fighting Forces #46 DC's 1950s and 1960s war comics were overall very solid from both a storytelling and artistic point of view, featuring the talents of stalwarts like Russ Heath, Irv Novick, Ross Andru, and Bill Finger, and the great Joe Kubert. Our Fighting Forces, however, typically got less attention than titles like Star Spangled War Stories, lacking a breakaway star like Sgt. Rock (at least until the late-series introduction of The Losers). From an auction standpoint, OFF seems to be finding its audience at last, with strong showings along many of the earlier issues essentially tripling last year's prices. Noted in particular here is issue #46, which jumped from $95 to $275. Shazam! #1 C.C. Beck's super-hero fave "Shazam!" was originally known as Captain Marvel, but was forced to change names when Marvel Comics gained rights to the trademark after one of the more celebrated sets of legal struggles in comic history. Reborn as Shazam! (both a battle cry and the initials of the seven legendary characters whose power he was invoking to transform from kid Billy Batson into the mighty Captain... err... Shazam! guy). Although the character has its fans, it largely underperformed in recent auctions, with even high grade slabbed copies selling for essentially the same price as unslabbed NM copies (when typically you'd expect a significant "CGC Premium"). The guide price fell slightly to $106, largely supported by similar unslabbed sales, sold through traditional, non-auction channels.
  4. Remember, the Cost field isn't a calculation. It'd be more fully understood as the "Cost per copy". You get the calculated cost on reports and summaries. (Think of it as similar to the price, weight, or value fields--they don't go to zero if you have no copies)
  5. That's the correct behavior. Cost is only zero in the field if you set it as such. You set your cost to default to a percentage of the price. THAT SAID-- remember that the computed cost is the qty X the cost. So if you have zero of something--even if the cost is set to a million bucks--your final cost is zero.
  6. A Collection Report is by definition, a list of comics in your collection already--it's not the ones you're looking for. The report you likely want is either an Issue Checklist, or a Title Report/Collection Overview. -Pete
  7. Hey folks, Go ahead and grab the latest build (3411). It should take care of things for you. -Pete
  8. It was originally stripped out since the huge number of cover images was choking people's browsers on mobile phones. I realize this is inconsistent with the direction of things since--I'll look into whether we can support it again.
  9. I'm wondering if there's any interest out there for an option to avoid downloading mature readers only titles as part of updates. (If this option would be combined with the current option to remove titles not in the update, it would have the effect of stripping off the mature readers only titles that aren't in stock). What does everyone think--worth it, or not? (FWIW: we've probably fielded the "why do you guys keep putting ribbons over the naughty bits" question at least as frequently). And no, before anyone asks, we're not going to start maintaining two sets of cover art to satisfy the "ribbon/non-ribbon" crowds 😉 -Pete
  10. While many comic collectors focus on super-heroes, the real story in recent Heritage Auctions was the astonishing sales pegged by high grade Golden Age books featuring mystery, war, and even teen comedy. Across the board, Golden age continued to push higher, indicating that despite the current economic uncertainty (or perhaps because of it), collectors continue to seek out investments in high quality collectibles. Notable Results: Ellery Queen (Ziff-Davis) #2 Although featuring terrific pulp-style cover art, this otherwise unremarkable entry in the comic adaptation of the popular mystery series surprised by bringing in $1320 for a CGC 9.0 copy. Though seldom seen at auction, previous sales had the price pegged at no more than a few hundred dollars. War Fury #1 This Korean-era war comic from the little-known Comics Media company, War Fury #1 featured forgettable writing by Charles Houts, workmanike art from Don Heck and Don Perlin, and very little else to raise it from the $10 "oldies" box at your local comic store...until now. Formerly charting at a mere $130 in NM, a CGC 6.5 copy of War Fury #1 just garnered an amazing $2,280 at auction. Gangsters Can't Win #2 Another formerly overlooked Golden Age title that will be overlooked no more. Gangsters can't Win lacked the cult status of later entries in the crime genre like E.C.'s Crime Suspenstories, but it's clearly being rediscovered by Golden Age collectors. Recently valued as little as $90 in NM, A CGC 7.5 copy just pulled in a whopping $1860 at auction, pulling the whole title up dramatically along with it.
  11. I think we just found the issue—download v3246 (under My Account > Registrations) and see if it doesn’t fix things for you. Best, -Pete
  12. This is a built-in limit of the grid, and it's part of a trade-off between allowing for a free-form selection of cells. In short: allowing a free-form selection in the grid required us to give up the old behavior where selecting any cell selected the whole row. The current behavior is basically the same as with Excel: to select a whole line, you need to explicitly select the row by clicking the far-left cell.
  13. Download the latest build (#3232) from My Account > Registrations, then do a File > File Tools > Rebuild Lists / Item Information. If you still have trouble after that, please contact support directly at support@comicbase.com
  14. Try using File > File Tools > Rebuild Lists > Item Information, using the current build (3198)
  15. What's the exact build of the software you're using (from Help > About ComicBase). If you download the latest build and force an update (shift while checking for updates), do your point-issues reappear? -Pete
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